Archive for the ‘Sonic/Musical’ Category


On the Sound of Rain

July 15, 2014

Direction: Yugo Nakamura (tha ltd.)
Edit / Programming: Naoki Nishimura (tha ltd.)
Shooting Assistant: Koji Takahashi (tha ltd.)
Sound Edit: Mishima Toyoaki
Sound Recording: NHK Program Design Center Sound Design Division


Sounds From Dangerous Places: Sonic Journalism | Peter Cusack

July 13, 2014

‘What can we learn of dangerous places by listening to their sounds?’

‘Sonic Journalism’ is the aural equivalent of photojournalism. It describes the practice where field recordings play a major role in the discussion and documentation of places, issues and events and where listening to sounds of all kinds strongly informs the approach to research and following narratives whilst on location.

Peter Cusack: Recent travels have brought me into contact with some difficult and potentially dangerous places. Most are areas of major environmental/ecological damage, but others are nuclear sites or the edges of military zones. The danger is not necessarily to a short-term visitor, but to the people of the area who have no option to leave or through the location’s role in geopolitical power structures. Dangerous places can be both sonically and visually compelling, even beautiful and atmospheric. There is, often, an extreme dichotomy between an aesthetic response and knowledge of the ‘danger’, whether it is pollution, social injustice, military or geopolitical.

Places visited include:

Chernobyl exclusion zone, Ukraine;

Caspian oil fields, Azerbaijan;

Tigris and Euphrates rivers valleys in South Eastern Turkey threatened by massive dam building projects;

North Wales, UK, where Chernobyl fallout still affects sheep farming practice; nuclear, military and greenhouse gas sites in the UK, including Sellafield, Dungeness, Bradwell, Sizewell, Thetford Forest, Rainham and Uttlesford

Hear some samples from Chernobyl HERE

All text and Images via Sounds From Dangerous Places


Femina Potens 01

July 1, 2014

Considering that our previous musical mixes have an abundance of male artists, Femina Potens (Latin: Powerful Woman) will be a new series of sonic assemblages celebrating music made only by women. This series will include mainstream artists as well as less popular sonic explorers from different locations and time periods.

We already have a long waiting list, but please give us recommendations or pull our ears.

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Starting Time= Artist / Song / Album

00:00:00′ = Wandercast Intro (Delia Derbyshire / AIR (BBC version)/ Enter the Void)
00:01:36′ = Asia Argento / My Stomach Is The Most Violent Of All Of Italy (With The Legendary Tigerman) / Total Entropy
00:05:08′ = Selda / Yaylalar / Selda
00:08:45′ = Julia Holter / Horns Surrounding Me / Loud City Song
00:13:30′ = THEESatisfaction / Queen County (4 Women) (feat. Gift Uh Gab & JusMoni) / And That’s Your Time
00:17:58′ = Suphala / Eight and a Half Birds / Alien Ancestry
00:23:57′ = Tammy / Perro Que Ladra (No Muerde) / Girls In The Garage Vol.11
00:26:11′ = Jill House on trills and non pulmonic airstream (excerpt)1995.
00:26:24′ = Solex / Low Kick And Hard Bop / Low Kick And Hard Bop
00:29:23′ = Tirzah & Micachu / I’m Not Dancing / We Make Colourful Music Because We Dance In The Dark
00:31:12′ = Suzanne Ciani / Princess with Orange Feet / Lixiviation
00:34:28′ = Kyoka / Lined Up / Is (Is Superpowered)
00:38:52′ = Lurdez Da Luz / Ping Pong / Rolê – New Sounds of Brazil
00:42:54′ = Leslie Winer / Flove / &c.
00:48:10′ = Arctic winds (Field recordings – Unknown source)
00:48:52′ = Tagaq / Surge / Sinaa
00:51:40′ = Kuupuu / Kissamuori Krapulassa (excerpt) / Spinning On Air session
00:57:40′ = An excerpt from Judith Butler speaking about turning rage and grief into theory and reflection. (2014) + Colleen / The Cello Song / Mort Aux Vaches

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Music for Creative Reading 03

June 28, 2014

Keep Reading Keep Reading Keep Reading Keep Reading

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Starting Time= Artist / Song / Album

00:00:00′ = Wandercast Intro
00:00:18′ = Roedelius Schneider / Hohner Omen / Tiden
00:02:36′ = Jon Brooks / Neap Tide / Shapwick
00:05:10′ = Seaworthy and Taylor Deupree / February 22, 2013 / Wood, Winter, Hollow
00:06:32′ = Sawako / Nemumel /
00:08:08′ = Sustainer / Diámetro / Escala No Uniforme
00:13:52′ = The The / Between Moons / Tee Sessions EP
00:15:34′ = Hans Appelqvist / Sperma / Sjunga slutet nu
00:17:56′ = Masayoshi Fujita / Snow Storm / Stories
00:24:08′ = Rod Hamilton / Agnes / Teal
00:26:54′ = Ben Lukas Boysen / You’ll Miss Us One Day / Gravity
00:29:30′ = Fax / Gravity / The New Rage
00:33:52′ = Eden Ahbez / Myna Bird / Eden’s Island
00:36:08′ = Scissors And Sellotape / For The Tired And Ill At Ease 07 / For The Tired And Ill At Ease
00:39:36′ = Tiago Benzinho / Portrait of an American High School / Roses of Time I
00:42:52′ = Modiac / Bimbase / Internes Gespräch
00:48:56′ = Mouse On Mars / Mood Leck Backlash / Glam
00:52:33′ = Mammane Sani et son Orgue / Lidda / La Musique Electronique du Niger
00:57:56′ = Kuupuu / Susipoika Siniset / Lumen Tädhen
00:62:04′ = Deep Magic / Alone In Her Cave / Reflections Of Most Forgotten Love
00:66:48′ = Gold Panda / S950 / Half Of Where You Live
00:68:32′ = Tba / Trepa N / Clicks & Cuts 4
00:70:28′ = Julien Mier / Little Footsteps / Have Courage Funny Thing
00:74:38′ = P.lewis / wine and roses waltz / Music of the Victorian & Edwardian Era Vol. 2
00:77:37′ = Derek Gripper / Kaounding Cissoko / One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali
00:81:52′ = Harold Budd / Jane 6 / Jane 1-11
00:86:08′ = Uncle Skeleton / Place Pigalle / All Too Human
00:88:08′ = Molly Roth / Plant Talk / Plant Talk Productions
00:88:26′ = Mary Lattimore / Poor Daniel / Withdrawing Room
00:90:53′ = Extro Wanderlust

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Image above: Illustration by Kirstie Belle


Around the World in a Few Beats

June 25, 2014

It is not quite the entire world but here we go.

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Starting Time= Artist / Song / Album

00:00:00′ = Wandercast Intro
00:00:10′ = Charles Wilp / Pink Carpet / Charles Wilp Fotografiert Bunny (Germany)
00:02:00′ = SPYE / Oops Sorry / Oops Sorry (UK)
00:05:37′ = Richi & Viņa / Tin Tin Tin / Karaļūdens (Latvia)
00:07:14′ = Biga / Lanciorime / La Sete (Italy)
00:10:10′ = Kern Koppen / 1+1=ÉÉN / Één (Nederlands)
00:13:03′ = JZA / Result / MeJicanSoulTape Part III (Mexico?)
00:13:54′ = Minizza / La Voyage Immobile / Mind The Gap 105 (France)
00:17:10′ = The Neil Cowley Trio / Winterlude / Touch and Flee (UK)
00:19:01′ = Maga Bo / Rapinbolada (Feat. Gaspar) / Rolê (Brazil)
00:22:33′ = Tinariwen / Tiliaden Osamnat / Tassili (Mali)
00:25:42′ = Cosmic Analog Ensemble / Station V / “Subway to the Minaret” (Lebanon)
00:27:38′ = Excerpt from Invisible Invaders (1959) (USA)
00:28:13′ = Jonwayne / Black Magic / Rap Album One (USA)
00:31:12′ = Extro Wanderlust

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Eclectic Selection 10

June 15, 2014

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Starting Time= Artist / Song / Album

00:00:00′ = Wandercast Intro
00:00:17′ = Meridian Brothers / Niebla Morada (Purple Haze) / Niebla Morada (Purple Haze)
00:03:30′ = Wu-Tang Clan / Heaterz (Feat. Cappadonna): excerpt / Wu-Tang Forever + Ikue Mori & Maja S.K. Ratkje / Sand Castle / Scrumptious Sabotage
00:04:46′ = Osunlade / What Gets You High? / Dionne
00:08:12′ = Omar Souleyman / Arabic Dabke / Highway To Hassake – Folk And Pop Sounds Of Syria
00:09:52′ = To Rococo Rot / Untitled 01 / Kölner Brett (edited)
00:11:22′ = Acid Pauli / The Gap On The Grip / Trust
00:14:56′ = Infinite Third / (residu) / (eardrops2)
00:16:32′ = Red Axes / Only A Clown Can Catch An Axe / Ballad Of The Ice
00:22:15′ = Gobby / Message from John / Wakng Thrst For Seeping Banhee
00:22:53′ = Arai Toshiya / Sabre Dance (sabres of boss mix ) / Kawaii Vol.8
00:26:07′ = Dieter Zimmermann / Whole Lotta Love / The In-Kraut, Vol. 3
00:29:51′ = Klaus Johann Grobe / Kothek / Im Sinne Der Zeit
00:33:16′ = Claudette et Ti Pierre / Zanmi Camarade (Tropical Treats Edit) / Haiti Direct EP
00:39:46′ = Mandré / Isle De Joie / Island Music
00:43:16′ = Cliché / Helicon / La Souterraine Vol.2
00:47:20′ = Lone / Airglow Fires / Reality Testing
00:52:39′ = Bewilderbeast / Severed / Unreal Estate
00:58:40′ = Kris Bowers / Rigamortis (Kendrick Lamar Cover) / Camaleón EP
00:63:26′ = Turning Torso / Mosco / Nightfly Vol. 3
00:64:26′ = Hiroki Sasajima / Invisible sculpture / Circle Winds
00:66:45′ = Jungle Hell (excerpt 1956)
00:67:06′ = Seftel / Architects / Seftel

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Music for Creative Reading 02

June 13, 2014

Read Read Read Read Read Read Read Read Read Read

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Starting Time= Artist / Song / Album

00:00:00′ = Wandercast Intro
00:00:26′ = Tribo / Peba & Pobó / VA – Posicoes
00:01:53′ = Mustapha Skandrani / Mode Sahli / Istikhbars and Improvisations
00:03:36′ = Kidkanevil / Ohayo / My Little Ghost
00:04:19′ = Suzanne Kraft / 2:30 / Missum
00:06:20′ = Tom Day / Lorn / Without Words – EP
00:10:50′ = Vintage Cucumber / Gelber Tee / Tee Sessions EP
00:12:08′ = Machinefabriek / Cymbal I / Drum Solos
00:17:14′ = Mamoru Fujieda / The Third Collection: Pattern XII / Patterns Of Plants
00:19:13′ = Erik K Skodvin / Shining, Burning / Flame
00:23:00′ = rap vacation / wiresforsalu- secretsatellite / family jams vol. 1
00:25:07′ = Tilman Ehrhorn / Clear / Clicks & Cuts 4
00:31:32′ = Isan / Eastside (Steinbrüchel’s Neben Remix) / Eastside
00:38:07′ = Federico Albanese / Sphere / The Houseboat and The Moon
00:41:51′ = Elizabeth Cotten / Wilson Rag / Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes
00:43:27′ = Nils Frahm / For – Peter – Toilet Brushes – More / Spaces

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Image above: Franco Matticchio (b. 1957, Varese, Italy) – Sparadrap, 2013


Music to keep your neck moving back and forth at different tempos

June 1, 2014

A selection of mid and downtempo tracks to make your neck move back and forth. We are glad to be back. Enjoy.

–Credit the artists…Keep it healthy!–

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Starting Time= Artist / Song / Album

00:00:00′ = Wandercast Intro: Infinite Third / (sky) / (eardrops)
00:00:48′ = Gregor Schwellenbach / Ulf Lohmann’s Because (feat. Dorothee Oberlinger) / Gregor Schwellenbach spielt 20 Jahre Kompakt
00:04:00′ = Hauschka / Thames Town / Abandoned City
00:07:40′ = Damon Albarn / Everyday Robots / Everyday Robots
00:11:37′ = Helado Negro / Mitad De Tu Mundo / Island Universe Story Three
00:14:44′ = Calibro 35 / Erotismo / Said – Colonna sonora originale
00:17:40′ = Jungle By Night / Cherokee / The Hunt
00:20:56′ = Ennio Morricone’s Group / The Feed-Back / The Feed-Back
00:27:44′ = Kaleïdoson / Le Passage Du Cowboy Entre Deux Morceaux / Primavera
00:28:30′ = Carlinhos Brown / Afrobossa Abaum / Marabô
00:30:23′ = Galimatias / Marshmallow Grove /
00:34:00′ = Uncle Skeleton / Retrofuture / All too human
00:34:29′ = Colleen / Going Forth By Day / The Weighing Of The Heart
00:38:46′ = Psymun / myintroheyguys / heartsick
00:39:43′ = JJ DOOM / Retarded Fren (Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood Verison) / Bookhead EP
00:42:52′ = Cosmic Analog Ensemble / Station V / Subway to the Minaret
00:45:20′ = Fabio Viscogliosi / Catch A Wave / Spazio
00:47:48′ = Dawn Of Midi / Sinope / Dysnomia
00:56:38′ = Weedy of 40 Winks / Warmuils / Retrospect Suite
00:59:35′ = Ketone / Alpina / Nightfly Vol. 3

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Arvo Pärt on the Creative Process. From an interview conducted in November 1978

May 4, 2014

The following interview with Arvo Pärt was conducted at the composer’s home at Mustamäe, November 28, 1978. Filmed by Andres Sööt, the dialogue (at times, Arvo’s wife Eleonora seconds his husband behind the screen) and the rehearsal of the soon-to-be-premiered ‘Italian Concerto’ at the concert hall “Estonia” became the basis for the film-portrait entitled, suitably, “Arvo Pärt in November 1978″. The conversation, which lasted more than an hour (for the transcription of which we thank Jaak Elling), has been edited in order to make it more readable. Text from the actual film is in italics.

In February 1980, Arvo Pärt moved abroad with his family. His music stayed in his homeland as did two films by Andres Sööt about him: “Arvo Pärt in November 1978″ (Eesti Telefilm, 1978) and “Fantasy C-dur” (Eesti Telefilm, 1979), which haven’t been aired since the name and the compositions of Arvo were banned in Estonia.

Ivalo Randalu: I remember when you came [to the conservatory] in 1954 you had lots of blank sheets with you and you began to write a violin concerto. Then you had a very beautiful prelude a la Rachmaninov cis-moll, which you threw away after a year. You always changed, new qualities emerged. It led to your first symphony in your second year at the conservatory. And all those collages at that time. And then you had to turn again. What was it that made you change so much and move on?

Arvo Pärt: I think maybe the ideals that escort and accompany a human being in his life. Or let’s say – teachers, if we can say so. One has several teachers. One teacher can be the present and the people surrounding him – let’s say some school teachers belong there. At some period of time, a human is like inside these conditions and tuned to them. And then suddenly you discover another teacher for yourself – say, the past; great men of the past; all the cultural treasures of the past. It can happen that he becomes blind to all other things and fixes his view on the past only. And this certainly influences a man, gives a new tinge to his actions. Plus, there maybe exists the greatest teacher of all, I mean, the future – or let’s say, conscience. View yourself – what you’d really like to be. What you aren’t, but how you’d like to see yourself. We can say, it’s like a future we want to arrive at. Is that clear enough? Like an animal or, say, a little child chooses food.

Read fully HERE


The origins of the moonwalk

April 20, 2014

Dancers (in alphabetical order):
Fred Astaire, Bill Bailey, Buck and Bubbles, Cab Calloway, Clark Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Daniel L. Haynes, Rubberneck Holmes, Patterson and Jackson, Eleanor Powell, Bill Robinson, Three Chefs (only the feet), Tip Tap and Toe (feat. Ray Winfield), Earl Snakehips Tucker
Video edited by CFJ

For more info go to YouTube.


Toward Cultural Citizenship

April 14, 2014

The decline in student interest is recent, and particularly affects elite institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, says Bass professor of English Louis Menand. (His 2008 lectures at the University of Virginia, collected in The Marketplace of Ideas, trace the long-term national decline in the humanities since the early 1970s.) The current crisis is “continuous with that [national] story” of polarizing and contentious philosophical debates about the legitimacy of various subjects and approaches, but those conflicts, he says, “were never accompanied by a huge flight of students.” Now, “the numbers are a little alarming. From 2006 to 2012 we had a 35 percent drop in concentrators in English. I think history has also had a fairly dramatic drop. And when sophomores signed up for concentrations last fall, almost every department in the arts and humanities was down—some by a lot.” In five departments, there were fewer than half as many concentrators as among the previous class.

The reasons for waning student interest are not entirely clear. The Teaching of the Arts and Humanities at Harvard College: Mapping the Future, a report of the Humanities Project published in the spring of 2013 that included a quantitative study of the problem, revealed a 50 percent attrition rate among Harvard students who as pre-freshmen had expressed an intention to concentrate in the humanities. Most of those students defect to social sciences such as economics, government, and psychology. Menand believes that this trend is partly attributable to “what has become a kind of general conventional wisdom: that the humanities don’t offer people much that is practical in way of a career. And that is a little scary.” But because this has all happened since the recession, he says, “The hope is that these choices are tied to the economy,” and that with rising prosperity, interest will rebound.

Read full article at Harvard Magazine


“10 Songs that Saved your Life”

December 8, 2013

Inspired by the project “ten songs that saved your life” and encouraged by my good friend Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción (artist/curator/provocateur/head of Cranium Devices (Facebook)), I chose a selection of 10 songs that “saved my life.” These musical pieces are some of the most significative songs of my life to this day. Each one of these following tracks was responsible for changing my mindset in some way, rescuing from (or comforting me during) dark moments, inspiring creative change, provoking goosebumps, changing my perception of the world, or how I move through it (dancing). In one way or another, I always find myself returning to them.

(…in the order they were heard)

01. Silvio Rodríguez – Testamento

02. Fela Kuti – Alu Jon Jonki Jon

03. Sergio Mendes – Tiro Cruzado

04. Pink Floyd – Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict

05. Michel Camilo – Suite Sandrine I

06. Steve Reich – Drumming (Parts I-IV)

07. Björk – Possibly Maybe (Lucy Mix)

08. Yma Sumac – Chuncho

09. Stereolab – Come and Play in the Milky Night

10. To Rococo Rot – A Little Asphalt Here and There

There are much more, but the deal was 10.


Senses Of Vibration: A History of the Pleasure and Pain of Sound

October 22, 2013

The study of the senses has become a rich topic in recent years. Senses of Vibration explores a wide range of sensory experience and makes a decisive new contribution to this growing field by focussing not simply on the senses as such, but on the material experience – vibration – that underpins them.
This is the first book to take the theme of vibration as central, offering an interdisciplinary history of the phenomenon and its reverberations in the cultural imaginary. It tracks vibration through the work of a wide range of writers, including physiologists (who thought vibrations in the nerves delivered sensations to the brain), physicists (who claimed that light, heat, electricity and other forms of energy were vibratory), spiritualists (who figured that spiritual energies also existed in vibratory form), and poets and novelists from Coleridge to Dickens and Wells. Senses of Vibration is a work of scholarship that cuts through a range of disciplines and will reverberate for many years to come.

Senses of Vibration
A History of the Pleasure and Pain of Sound
By: Shelley Trower

Text & Image via Bloomsbury


David Lynch filming Nine Inch Nails Video

September 4, 2013

A selection of photographs taken by Rob Sheridan. From Nine Inch Nails on Tumblr: ‘David Lynch filming Trent Reznor for the Came Back Haunted video, at Lynch’s studio in Los Angeles.’ The single is included on the new NIN album, Hesitation Marks. After seeing the video, these photographs seem more evocative.


How Do Our Brains Process Music? by David Byrne

August 3, 2013

In an excerpt from his new book, David Byrne explains why sometimes, he prefers hearing nothing:

“I listen to music only at very specific times. When I go out to hear it live, most obviously. When I’m cooking or doing the dishes I put on music, and sometimes other people are present. When I’m jogging or cycling to and from work down New York’s West Side Highway bike path, or if I’m in a rented car on the rare occasions I have to drive somewhere, I listen alone. And when I’m writing and recording music, I listen to what I’m working on. But that’s it.

I find music somewhat intrusive in restaurants or bars. Maybe due to my involvement with it, I feel I have to either listen intently or tune it out. Mostly I tune it out; I often don’t even notice if a Talking Heads song is playing in most public places. Sadly, most music then becomes (for me) an annoying sonic layer that just adds to the background noise.

As music becomes less of a thing—a cylinder, a cassette, a disc—and more ephemeral, perhaps we will start to assign an increasing value to live performances again. After years of hoarding LPs and CDs, I have to admit I’m now getting rid of them. I occasionally pop a CD into a player, but I’ve pretty much completely converted to listening to MP3s either on my computer or, gulp, my phone! For me, music is becoming dematerialized, a state that is more truthful to its nature, I suspect. Technology has brought us full circle.”

Text and Image via the Smithsonian. Continue THERE


‘RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES MEMORIES’, a Daft Punk Reinterpretation by Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington

July 9, 2013

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have teamed up previously under the moniker Darkside, and now they paired up to dissect and recreate RAM under the name Daftside, turning the record into something much more robotic.


The Reach Of Resonance

May 27, 2013

Filmed in ten countries, “The Reach Of Resonance” is a meditation on the meaning of music, which juxtaposes the creative paths of four musicians who use music to cultivate a deeper understanding of the world around them. Among them are Miya Masaoka using music to interact with insects and plants; Jon Rose, utilizing a violin bow to turn fences into musical instruments in conflict zones ranging from the Australian outback to Palestine; John Luther Adams translating the geophysical phenomena of Alaska into music; and Bob Ostertag, who explores global socio-political issues through processes as diverse as transcribing a riot into a string quartet, and creating live cinema with garbage.

By contrasting the creative paths of these artists, and an unexpected connection between them by the world renowned Kronos Quartet, the film explores music not as a form of entertainment, career, or even self-expression, but as a tool to develop more deeply meaningful relationships with people and the complexities of the world they live in. Text via


The surprising uses for birdsong

May 13, 2013

A 90-second daily show highlighting the songs of British birds has started on BBC Radio 4 this week. But birdsong isn’t just beautiful to listen to, it is increasingly being used in surprising ways.

Can a nightingale’s song help you pass an exam or a blackbird’s twittering encourage you to open a bank account? Sound experts are using it to do both.

They argue the positive results speak for themselves even though researchers say there is little hard scientific evidence to show people respond positively to birds singing. Most support for the theory is anecdotal.

So what are the innovative ways it is being used?

Via BBC. Read article THERE



May 13, 2013

Fullscreen it.

Daniel Sierra’s animation done at School of Visual Arts, class of 2013, Computer Art MFA.. Music download link:
Software used: Houdini (animation), Reason (music), Nuke (comp), After Effects (final render), Processing (pre-viz)
A full description of the piece along with some still frames can be found at:


Book-ish Territory: A manual of alternative library tactics

May 3, 2013

Book-ish Territory: A Manual of Alternative Library Tactics by architect NIkki O’Loughlin is an exciting and interesting way of conceptualizing the idea of libraries as a public space not just for the public but by the public. Read it HERE


Hear the Voice of Alexander Graham Bell

April 27, 2013

Almost as if you were hearing one of those paranormal registers by discarnate entities (spirits, nature energies, beings from other dimensions, or extraterrestrials) released by EVP enthusiasts, you will hear the crackling elder voice of Alexander Graham Bell. This, however, is Bell’s actual voice made available by Smithsonian researchers using optical technology to rescue it from unplayable records.

“Bell conducted his sound experiments between 1880 and 1886, collaborating with his cousin Chichester Bell and technician Charles Sumner Tainter. They worked at Bell’s Volta Laboratory, at 1221 Connecticut Avenue in Washington, originally established inside what had been a stable. In 1877, his great rival, Thomas Edison, had recorded sound on embossed foil; Bell was eager to improve the process. Some of Bell’s research on light and sound during this period anticipated fiber-optic communications.

Inside the lab, Bell and his associates bent over their pioneering audio apparatus, testing the potential of a variety of materials, including metal, wax, glass, paper, plaster, foil and cardboard, for recording sound, and then listening to what they had embedded on discs or cylinders. However, the precise methods they employed in early efforts to play back their recordings are lost to history.

Today, however, a dramatic application of digital technology has allowed researchers to recover Bell’s voice from a recording held by the Smithsonian—a breakthrough announced here for the first time. From the 1880s on, until his death in 1922, Bell gave an extensive collection of laboratory materials to the Smithsonian Institution, where he was a member of the Board of Regents. The donation included more than 400 discs and cylinders Bell used as he tried his hand at recording sound. The holdings also documented Bell’s research, should patent disputes arise similar to the protracted legal wrangling that attended the invention of the telephone.”

(This text is an excerpt of an article written by Charlotte Gray at the Smithsonian magazine. Read this great article in full HERE) All images via the Smithsonian.

This wax-and-cardboard disc from 1885 contains a recording of Bell’s voice. (Richard Strauss / NMAH, SI)


Spaces On Earth Where No One Can Hear You Scream

April 13, 2013

A few days ago, the European Space Agency issued a series of photographs taken in one of the agency’s anechoic chambers, in the “zone of silence” as the title of the press release says. So what is an anechoic chamber? It is an echo-free room where the walls coated with special materials absorb all reflections of sound or electromagnetic waves and insulate any noise coming from outside, thus it simulates a quiet open-space of infinite dimension, which is quite useful in the aerospace industry. Text and Images via io9. See more HERE

The ‘anechoic chamber’. Can you bear Earth’s quietest place ?


Listen to the Surface of the Earth Transposed on Vinyl Record – by Art of Failure

April 12, 2013

FLAT EARTH SOCIETY proposes a transposition of the earth elevation at the scale of a microgroove record. This engraving of elevation’s data on the surface of the disk generates in consequence a subtle image of the earth. When played on a turntable, the chain of elevation data crossed by the needle can be heard.

“Can we hear the Earth? Not the sounds occurring upon it but the Earth on a geophysical scale? [...]
The hill-and-dale technique was used in Edison’s phonograph, recording sound with a stylus that vertically cut a minute landscape into the grooves of the cylinder. [...] Flat earth society takes readings from the stylus of topographic radar, cuts them into vinyl and then plays them back with a stylus. Phonographic hills-and-dales grow into the Alps, Andes, Himalayas, Grand Canyon, Great Steppe, Great Rift Valley, Great Outback and the Lesser Antilles. Where Enrico Caruso and Nellie Melba once sang one hears the Baja Peninsula, Antarctic Peninsula, and the bathymetric pauses of the Red Sea and Baffin Bay. [...] Peaks and valleys, spikes and wells, spires and troughs, aspirations and depressions, all have their gradations in mythical and actual landscapes.”
– Douglas Kahn

Learn more about this project HERE


Cube with Magic Ribbons

April 12, 2013

Cube with Magic Ribbons is a computer visual and synthesised sound composition for live performance. The piece takes its title from a drawing of M.C.Escher which is rich with contradictory perspectives but it is also inspired by the wrapped spaces found in the two dimensional graphics of early computer games such as Asteroids and Pac-Man. It was created using a custom visual sequencer SoundCircuit, which rather than employing a conventional DAW layout, allows multiple virtual tape-heads to travel through a two-dimensional wrapped space along tracks that can be freely inter-connected. As the tape-heads travel through the resultant network, the topological layout of the tracks comes to directly influence the macro form of the music. Furthermore, as the piece unfolds the nature of this already confusing space reveals itself to be increasingly elastic and complex, yet inexorably intertwined with the musical form.


Der Golem by Harmash

April 11, 2013

Der Golem is Vitali Harmash’s deep drone electroacoustic reinterpretation of a silent magical story of Golem. These soft crackles and clouds of time-dust sound as though the music is broadcasted straight through the centuries. Seems like Harmash has some kabbalistic drone generator in his studio.

Album was created after Paul`s Wegener “The Golem: How He Came into the World” silent horror film scoring. Performance was hold in the oldest Minsk cinema “Raketa” at Dec12 2012 where opened a week of silent German cinema.

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Captain Murphy’s DUALITY

April 11, 2013



POSTCARDS | Entertainment for the braindead

March 29, 2013

entertainment for the Braindead is a Berlin based one woman lofi orchestra. Since 2007 she has been writing and publishing songs, gathering guitars and banjos, ukuleles, flutes and other little items to accompany her voice in fragile arrangements.


Play Me, I’m Yours and The Sky Orchestra

March 27, 2013

Touring internationally since 2008, “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Reaching over two million people worldwide – more than 700 pianos have already been installed in 34 cities across the globe, from New York to London, bearing the simple instruction ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’.

Located in public parks, bus shelters and train stations, outside galleries and markets and even on bridges and ferries the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy. Who plays them and how long they remain on the streets is up to each community. Many pianos are personalised and decorated by artists or the local community. By creating a place of exchange ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.

Play Me, I’m Yours is currently taking place in Monterey in California until 24 March 2013. Watch out for Street Pianos coming to Munich, Cleveland OH, Omaha NE and Boston MA later in 2013! Watch this space as we will be announcing further new cities for 2013 over the coming months.

The Sky Orchestra is an artwork designed to deliver music to sleeping people from out of the sky. A form of provocative urban art, Sky Orchestra questions the boundaries of public artwork, private space and the ownership of the sky.

The Sky Orchestra is made up of seven hot air balloons, each with speakers attached, which take off (at dawn or dusk) and fly across a city. Each balloon plays a different element of a musical score, creating a massive audio landscape.

Many thousands of people experience the Sky Orchestra event live as the balloons fly over their homes at dawn. The airborne project is both a vast spectacular performance as well as an intimate, personal experience. A form of provocative acoustic urban art, Sky Orchestra questions the boundaries of public artwork, private space and the ownership of the sky.

All text and images via Luke Jerram.


The Great Stalacpipe Organ

March 26, 2013

Located in the Cathedral is the Great Stalacpipe Organ, the world’s largest musical instrument. Stalactites covering 3 1/2 acres of the surrounding caverns produce tones of symphonic quality when electronically tapped by rubber-tipped mallets. This one-of-a-kind instrument was conceived by Mr. Leland W. Sprinkle of Springfield, Virginia, a mathematician and electronics scientist at the Pentagon.

After visiting the caverns with his son and experiencing the organ-like sounds of a stalactite being tapped, Mr. Sprinkle submitted a complex plan for a stalactite-tapping instrument. It took 36 years of frustrating research, design and experimentation to bring his dream to its present state of perfection. Three years alone were spent searching the vast chambers of the caverns to select and carefully sand stalactites to precisely match the musical scale. Only two stalactites were found to be in tune naturally.

The four-keyboard console of The Great Stalacpipe Organ was constructed by the Klann Organ Supply Company of Waynesboro, Virginia, to meet the peculiar needs of this subterranean installation. Then the organ was connected to various stalactites with over five miles of wiring.

Text via Luray Caverns. Images via VENUE


Seeing at the Speed of Sound

March 21, 2013

Lipreading, which makes one sense do the work of another, is a skill daunting to describe. Rachel Kolb, ’12, deaf since birth, shares its mysteries.

I am sitting in my office during a summer internship. Absorbed by my computer screen, I do not notice when my manager enters the room, much less when he starts talking. Only when a sudden hand taps my shoulder do I jump. He is gazing expectantly at me.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you come in,” I say.

“Oh, right.” His expression changes: to surprise, and then to caution. He proceeds to say something that looks like, “Would you graawl blub blub vhoom mwarr hreet twizzolt, please?” I haven’t the faintest idea what he said. I have no excuse, for I was looking straight at him. But despite my attention, something went wrong. He spoke too fast; my eyes lost focus.

“Um, could you repeat that, please?” I ask.

His eyebrows raise, but he nods and says it again. I sit up straighter, attempt to concentrate, but again it reaches my eyes as a garbled mess.

“It’s fine,” he answers. “I’ll send you an email.”

Written by Rachel Kolb at Standford Magazine. Continue HERE. Image Via